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happened between those two john mccains is the iraq war. >> do you believe that the people of iraq, or at least a large number of them, will treat us as liberators? >> absolutely. >> i believe we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time. >> i believe that the success will be fairly easy. >> easy. john mccain was wrong about the iraq war. he was factually wrong about why we needed to start the iraq war. he was wrong about how the iraq war would go. he was wrong about how the iraq war would end. early on he was not just a yes vote for the iraq war. he was an enthusiastic proponent of how good an idea it would be to start that war in iraq. it was a bad idea to start that war in iraq. we can say that now, right? is it controversial to say that the iraq war was a bad idea? aren't we sort of all on board with that now? at the outset of the iraq war john mccain, of course, was not alone. john mccain and chuck hagel both supported the iraq war initially, as did people like john kerry and hillary clinton and joe biden and dianne feinstein and chuck schumer and 24 other
at akkad, following negotiations and promises iraq's dictator, saddam hussein not to use force, a powerful iraqi army invaded it stressed and much weaker neighbor, kuwait. within three days, 120,000 iraqi troops with 850 tanks have poured into kuwait and moved south to threaten saudi arabia. >> in my direction, elements of the 82nd airborne division as well as key units are juicy keen of no one friend or fellow and no one should underestimate our determination to confront aggression. >> our objectives in the persian gulf are clear. our goal is to find and familiar. iraq must withdraw from kuwait completely, immediately and without conditions. [applause] these goals are not ours alone. they've been endorsed by the united nations security council five times in as many weeks. most countries share our concern for principal and many have a state in the stability of the persian gulf. this is not a saddam hussein would have it, the united states against iraq. it is iraq against the world. >> may i say that i just had a theory useful meeting with his highness and i reiterated to total commitment o
of iraq and watching tens of thousands of refugees. he called back to washington. his voice breaking and said, we must do something. they sent wanted dozen trips. they sent 20,000 troops to somalia to deal with potential humanitarian catastrophe there. and all of the cases, save thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives. we are proposing not 20,000 troops or 30,000 troops. we are proposing that we provide the aid, the military and humanitarian aid to the opposition needs to turn the tide right now. if necessary to provide a northern -- a no-fly zone i can be done with better already in place and turkey. given the stakes and turkey, it is not too high of a price for the united states to play. >> i will open it up just a little bit because the debate about syria is not just a debate about syria. is also a debate about american foreign policy, generally. everything that obama said would happen if we intervened in syria happen and we did not intervene and that what are you empresses we did not intervene. there is no longer a foreign policy consensus in the republican party, and the
of the book takes place during the iraq and afghanistan wars as a backdrop but it begins with the first iraq war ,-com,-com ma the gulf war of 1991 and i come into this young lieutenant who is was just three years out of west point and he is leading a platoon in iran -- iraq. he just got out of west point as i said one of the top students ended chosen to go into the armor corps because the big war that the army was preparing for was going to be nato versus -- the united states versus the soviet union. he had gotten fluent in the language of german because that is where he would be spending most of his career. he is on the plains of iraq and you might remember they did a month's worth of arming and four days of ground operations and completely destroyed the iraqi military. he is looking around and realizing, we just destroyed the 4 -- the world's fourth largest largest -- in four days. a few months before this the soviet union went up in smoke. the cold war is over and he is thinking what am i going to be doing for the rest of my life? what is the army going to be doing the rest of my life? h
's about a generational shift. it begins, most of this book takes place during the iraq and afghanistan wars as a backdrop, but it begins with first iraq war, the gulf war of 1990-91. and i come into this major, young lieutenant named john who was three years at west point. he's leading a tank platoon in iraq. he just got at west point as i said, one of the top students. he chose to go into the armor corps because the big war that the army is preparing for was going to be united states versus soviet union on the plains of your. he even studied german at west point. he got fluent in the link which because that's where he would be spending most of his career. so on the plane to iraq. you might remember, we did a months worth of bombing, and then a mere four days of ground operation, and just completely destroyed the iraqi military. so there he is, looking around at the end of this, he's realizing we just destroyed the fourth, the world's fourth largest tank army in four days. a few months before this, the soviet union went up in smoke. the cold war is over. and he's thinking what am i goi
in iraq during the reduction of u.s. forces and equipment from iraq. just this past weekend our forces in afghanistan have had a change of command, with general joseph duckworth replacing general john allen as commander of the international securities systems forces and commander of u.s. forces afghanistan. i want to take this opportunity to thank general allen for his thoughtful and devoted leadership in afghanistan, for his forthrightness and his interactions with me and the rest of the members of this committee. when senator reid and i visited afghanistan in january, we saw a real signs of progress, including the afghan security forces increasingly taking the lead responsibility for protecting their country. good news stories about afghanistan and the afghan security forces don't seem to get the coverage of the u.s. media that is given to negative stories. for example, it was widely reported that only one of the 23 afghan brigades is rated by isaf is independent. on the other hand we heard from our commanders in afghanistan that 87% of operations in afghanistan's critical regional c
, november we didn't really know we were going to attack iraq until sometime in december. all of our plans for defense says. we were defending saudi arabia and weston until sometime in december that we started working for schwarzkopf's level, you know, colin powell's level. you know, they were into offensive were planning, but not at my level. so i don't know if his streak in the or just not quite understanding what was going on. when you are a colonel commentary tradition with his son and the president of the united states nine. i just ran off guard and ran off down. [laughter] >> i'm going to except both of those insipid endorsements. >> spare, your question. >> dr. engel, i want your thoughts on the military revolution of affairs. i see little but as the kool-aid and that maybe president bush wanted to maintain order and stability, whereas in tiananmen square, there was no real danger to the outside reaching a few of. so given that, i am skeptical of the revolution in military affairs. so not even a colonel i've been grounded in army.dream such that i see interest capabilities. so the c
-- >> yep. >> this dysmorphia between who speaks on the issue and who has strong feelings about the iraq. >> i am now forever going to conjure the image of wayne lapierre when i hear the word dysmorphia. that actually has gotten worse. one of the perverse consequences of republican conservative victory guns is that the nra increasingly has had to justify its existence. they have a very big fancy headquarters outside of washington. you see it when you drive into the city. they raise a lot of money. and there is no battles to fight. there literally have been no battles for them to fight. so they have had to pick increasingly extreme battles, stand your ground laws, telling doctors that they cannot talk to gunowners about the storage of their guns in their how many times when they have little children, which is the legislative fight they picked in florida, right? they have had to get more extreme in order to justify their existence in an era in which no one is fighting them on a national political level, and that has produced this very perverse set of values, beliefs, and stated principles
is it that burns so deeply in john mccain today? for some reason he wants to play it again and again in iraq and afterno afghanistan and again in iran. we look at the resentment burning in john mccain's heart. it's not against george w. bush and his political henchmen who tried to stay mccain's reputation in 2000 but a guy who fear and rallied against wounds just like he did. chuck hagel, a nightmare, by the way, whose flashbacks must haunt still the heart still of john sydney mccain. both are msnbc analysts. both of you, sir, and lady, are younger than me, but i must tell you i'm absolutely convinced we're watching a flashback. watch this. he did a long angry windup before he launched into his first so-called question which was really an indictment. it included putdowns as well as references to vietnam. let's listen. >> in january of 2007 in a rather bizarre exchange with secretary rice in the foreign relations committee after some nonsense about syria and crossing the border into iran and syria because of the surge, and a reference to cambodia in 1970 you said, quote, when you set in motio
accomplished our mission, then we took our eye off the ball and we, uh, intervened, invaded iraq and occupied iraq and now 12 years later we're not sure what our mission is. is our mission to eliminate taliban? that never was our mission. is it nation building? um, is it sending children to school? is it building sewer systems? is it going after al-queda? all those factors are complicated, but they have to be carefully thought through. (instrumental music) >> economic interests have always played a significant role in u.s. interventions around the globe. >> i would argue that the strategic interests are more obvious than the economic ones, although if you look closely enough you'll find that the two are almost inextricably intertwined. if you look at all interventions that the united states has engaged in from kosovo, to bosnia, to somalia, uh, to libya, to iraq, for that matter, you will find an economic component. >> maintaining access to certain markets, most often oil, is a common consideration. the u.s. drove iraq out of kuwait in the 1991 gulf war not just to protect its ally from forei
of defense cheney, his aides at the time for scooter libby and paul wolfowitz. this is the key in the iraq war in 2002, 2003 in the planning that took place for that more mackall was based on a tailored pattern of total destruction and outright lies and misconception. in the earlier bush administration to put together a secret paper for the defense planning guidance that talked about unilateralism so instead of taking advantage of the strategic opportunity to turn on the collapse of the berlin wall in 1989 and the collapse of the soviet union in 1991 all of the things we didn't expect to see in our lifetime in the violence i certainly didn't expect to see this when i was involved in government affairs or in the intelligence community. a couple of us wrote about the problems of the soviet union but no one expected it to collapse like a house of cards but someone said it was a house of cards how else could collapse? but it was totally not taken by the bush and administration. you that things like the invasion of panama to arrest noriega could ban on the cia payroll for most of the time i was
to undermine saddam hussein's ability to wage war. >> as we approach the ten-year anniversary of the iraq invasion, a new look at the faulty intelligence and why some believe we really went to war. but first a look ahead at today's politics planner. as you can see, it's kind of empty. not much going on, although here in washington at mount vernon for a replaying at george washington's home. of course the president's golfing today. no word if it's with tiger again. you're watching "the daily rundown" only on msnbc. two. three. my credit card rewards are easy to remember with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole gra
.n. to make the case for invading iraq, claiming saddam hussein had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. six weeks later, the u.s. attack. the wmd's were never found. today we'll speak with media analyst norman solomon and colorado lawrence wilkerson, "with liberty and justice for some: how the law is used to destroy equality and protect the powerful." 's former chief of staff. >> i have admitted to this a number of times publicly and privately, was the person who put together colin powell's presentation on february, five, 2003. probably the biggest mistake of my life. >> u.s. lawmakers are threatening to cut funding to brooklyn college, this will host a forum to mourn at about the palestinian led campaign to boycott and divest from israel. >> extreme radicals, as i said, basically what the state of israel to disappear from the face of the earth. i have a problem with that. they are sponsoring this event. they're supporting ms. event. that is the issue. that is absolutely outrageous. >> we will be joined by one of the speakers at the brooklyn college event, omar barghouti. also, glenn g
] >> in the early morning hours of august 2, following negotiations and promises by iraq's dictator, saddam hussein, not to use force, a powerful iraqi army invaded its trusting a much weaker neighbor, kuwait. within three days, 120,000 iraqi troops, with 850 tanks, had poured into kuwait and moved south to threaten saudi arabia. >> at my direction, elements of the 82nd airborne division, as well as key units of the united states air force, on arriving today to take up defensive positions in saudi arabia. no one, friend or foe, should doubt our desire for peace, and no one should underestimate our determination to confront aggression. >> our objectives in the persian gulf are clear. our goals defined, and familiar. iraq must withdraw from kuwait completely, immediately, and without condition. these goals are not ours alone. they have been endorsed by the u.n. security council five times in as many weeks. most countries share our concern for principle, and many have a stake in the stability of the persian gulf. this is not, as saddam hussein would have it, the united states against iraq. it is iraqi
, that was in iraq, right? >> yes. >> what was your recommendation on the troop levels the should remain? -- that should remain? >> i provided a range of options to leadership. i have never made public with my recommendations were. >> it was reported that your recommendation was between 14,018 thousand troops. is that accurate? -- between 14,000 and 18,000 troops. is that accurate? >> i have not made my recommendations public. >> you have said in answer to senator mccain that you have not been involved in the decisions on troop withdrawal in afghanistan or the follow on force? have you spoken to the general about what their recommendations -- about what the recommendations are? >> no. >> there was a report in the washington post found that there was a reduction in salt of no more than 25,000 troops during that -- sought of no more than 25,000 troops during the same period. would that surprise you? have you followed in the of the public reporting? >> i have read some of what is in the media. my experience is that that is not always accurate. >> let me follow up. there are military officia
until the most stressful time and the most stressful or hear and in iraq so perhaps the lesson is in the so-called normal times to the degree it is ever normal in the decision making in washington it is important to have differences you can even do it with some tension but you know when things get really tough it is easier if people get along, and that perhaps is the lesson i would say to the president, you can do fine with personalities that may clash if things are going well when they get rough it is a lot harder. >> let me follow-up on that question. its personality but it's also very strong points of view some black and white, some more nuanced as you describe your book but the fact that each political party has this strategy does that need to be reflected in the foreign policy leadership or can you just bring people and to consult with that? so i am pushing you pretty hard on how you put the team together. estimate is a fine and wine because if you put a team together they have things that are too similar you get a group think and that isn't a good thing. when i was the se
i should not be sarcastic. thank you so much. >>> selling the war in iraq. now information on how the bush administration decided from the very start to link saddam hussein to 9/11 to justify a u.s. invasion of that country. ten years later the administration's shameless deceit remains as disturbing as ever. >>> also, is it time to get rid of the voting rights act? i wonder. i doubt it. an alabama county has filed a suit that's reached the supreme court saying with a black man in the white house, there's no need for federal protection of minority votes. tell that to reince priebus. as you imagine, not everyone agrees. >>> teams of rivals. the rivalries between presidents, obama versus clinton, bush versus bush. our different takes on presidents. >>> and this just in, mississippi ratifies the 13th amendment. the one ending slavery. what took so long? what do you think? details coming up. this is "hardball," the place for politics. hey, it's sara. i'm going pro. i've been using crest pro-health for a week. my dentist said it was gonna help transform my mouth. [ male announcer ] go p
into war in iraq, and explosive new documentary narrated by rachel maddow details the trail of deception like never before. rachel joins me to preview the film tonight. >>> plus, the big congressional panel on john boehner's decision to go on vacation before we go off another cliff. >>> it was the biggest meteor blast in 100 years. so how did we know about an asteroid the size of a swimming pool but not a meteorite the size of a house? good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. progressives finally have something to be hopeful about when it comes to congress. now, the 113th congress kicked off in a pretty disappointing fashion. there could have been meaningful filibuster reform. there was a way around the gridlock. but of course, harry reid caved. that's another story in itself. so nothing has really changed. all you have to do is look at the chuck hagel situation in the senate to see just how bad everything is right now. but i want you to imagine liberals, just imagine what it would be like if we had 60 senators like this. >> i'm really concerned that too big to fail
, iraq, health care, and climate change. so, what i would like to do now is to run through the first of those sectors. i served on the budget committee for now years, over the last four years i was in congress. and paul ryan was on the committee then. we invited economists to come in, and there was this -- the sameness to our conversations all the time. the republicans would repeat over and over again, tax cuts pay for themselves, or if they step become from that a little bit, they would say, tax cuts pay for themselves, or at least you don't have to really think too hard about the reduction in revenue. and yet at the same time we all read about the first bush tax cut, designed to be a $1.6 trillion tax cut. the reason it was described as a $1.6 trillion tax cut was because it reduced revenues by $1.6 trillion, or was expected to. and so we'd be listening to people talking about tax cuts pay for themes and you pick up the paper or look at materials from the congressional budget office and they would say this tax cut is going to reduce federal revenues bit 1.6 trillion over ten years
's opposition to the surge in iraq in 2007. >> were you correct in your judgment. >> i would defer that to history. >> when you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i played those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that is a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> senator hagel explained he opposed the surge in iraq because it cost nearly 1200 american lives. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so i did question a surge. i always ask the question, is this going to be worth the sacrifice? because there will be sacrifice. >> that was hagel's emphasis on the cost factor. my question is this. his emphasis on the cost factor in military decisions, does it serve as a dodge to senator mccain's bullet? or did he mean this completely from the heart? and if he did, isn't he exactly the man we want over at the department of defense? >> he was talking about the cost of lives. >> that's correct. >> and i think in that exchange that you showed, john mccain indicated how personal the surge is for him. he wants us to for
and fellow vietnam veteran john mccain jump all over hagel for opposing the surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the search would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or no? are you going tonswer the queson, nator hage the question is, were you right or wrong? i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong. and you are fe to elaborate. >> i am not going to give you a yes or no answer -- >> let the record show that you refuse to answer the question. >> he finally gave the answer he wanted to give. >> i saw the suffering and consequences of a war. i did second think the srch. would this bwortthe crife? we lost almost 1200 dead americans during that period was it required, necessary? >> how much of that exchange was political, how much was personal, and how much was related to our defense policy, mark? >> 92, 11, 13. [laughter] a lot of it was personal. one could not watch those hearings without feeling that there were a lot of personal grudges, even vendett, being settled. >> entered john co
headquarters in iraq. the egyptian protests of a man being beaten and why the story was changed again. the opposition leader of spain joined protests calling for the prime minister to quit over corruption. football couple -- oldest football club becomes the latest victim in the economic crisis. >> the president of syria has accused israel of trying to stabilize its country. the warning comes as new u.s. figures show the number of serious refugees rose by more than 25% last month. the president told state television the military is ready to confront any act of aggression by israel. this follows an air strike outside the capital of damascus on wednesday with the government has blamed on israel. the promise came as he met the head of a rob's and national security council. the theory of conflict has dominated high level talks at a security conference in germany. the defense minister of israel appears to confirm speculation that israeli forces were behind wednesday's attack near damascus. >> alongside apparent diplomatic progress on syria, there were reminders about how easily the conflict
a tack on any and dissident camp in iraq. -- an attack on an iranian dissident camp in iraq. >> security sources say at least 30 rockets tore through the trailers of what used to be called camp liberty. the iraqi army say they were launched from somewhere in west baghdad. the dead and most of the wounded were members of a group of a rainy and -- iranian dissidents. it was renamed freedom. the people who live there say it was a prison. it is a far cry from their status before the war. after he was forced from power, they became unwelcome guests. so much so that iraqi soldiers killed eight m.e.k. members. the iraqui government and sitters them i called and said they them with poisoned arrows. -- considers them a called and said they attacked them with poisoned arrows -- a cult and said they attacked them with poisoned arrows. >> there was immediate violence in december 2011. it is why i am so shocked of what happened today. the chapel -- these people have to be protected. >> the un monitors, but iraq is in charge of it. almost half of these people have been interviewed by the un refugee
--the surge in iraq. >> were you correct or not to say that the surge would be the month dangerous foreign policy blunder since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or no? are you going to answer the question? the question is, where you're right or wrong? that is a pretty straightforward question. i would like for you to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> i am not going to give you a yes or no answer -- >> hagel finally gave the answer on the surge that he wanted to give. >> i saw the consequences and suffering and horror of war, so i did question a surge. will this be worth the sacrifice? we lost almost 1200 american during that period was it required, necessary? >> how much of that exchange was political, how much was personal, and how much was related to the defense policy? >> 92, 11, 13. a lot of it was personal. one could not watch those hearings without feeling there were a lot of personal grudges but, even vendettas, being settled. >> center cornyn of texas says he cannot support a nominee for defense secretary who thinks we should b
at terrygydesen.com. during the war in iraq, many museums were destroyed, and ancient artifacts and priceless works of arts were lost. baghdad artist farooq hassan fled iraq for the united states during this turbulent time. he left behind a life of comfort and international acclaim. he also lost a lifetime of paintings and his reputation as one of iraq's most prized artists. you'll see how the artist has re-invented himself in portland, oregon. his life style has simplied, but once again, his work is hanging in exhibitions and gaining new recognition. >> reporter: it's a far cry from his five-bedroom mansion in baghdad. farooq hassan turns an already tiny apartment kitchen into his art studio. >> farooq: when i work i like to hear music, classic always classic. >> reporter: but as long as he has canvas and paint, farooq is satisfied. >> farooq: i feel inside me, inside my soul, that this painting is the only one here. it's the only thing in here. so actually, i don't feel that i'm in a small place. it's just me and the painting. >> reporter: without skipping a beat, farooq carries forward the
will reduce work at our depots, which will delay the reset of our equipment coming out of iraq and afghanistan. we will furlough up to 251,000 of our civilians for up to 22 days, terminate nearly 31 employees, and 5,000 workers at our depots. and the list goes on and on. i am touching on just a few of the impacts that will cause us to make some of these difficult decisions over the next seven months, because of this bermuda triangle of uncertainty that we have had in the budget, specifically in fiscal year 2013. in the longer term, we have a bigger issue. i want to first remind everybody that sequestration is not the first cuts we have taken in the military. in 2010, we took $200 million in cuts on the secretary's issues, followed up by the budget control act which directed another $487 billion worth of cuts in our defense spending. we are now just beginning to implement that almost $800 billion worth of cuts now. we have not quite seeing those that. we have just begun to see the impacts. on top of that, with sequestration, we will take an additional $500 billion worth of cuts in the departmen
, having commanded u.s. forces in iraq during the reduction of u.s. forces and equipment from iraq. just this ast weekend our forces in afghanistan have had a change of command, with general joseph duckworth replacing general john allen as commander of the international securities systems forces and commander of u.s. forces afghanistan. i want to take this opportunity to thank general allen for his thoughtful and devoted leadership in afghanistan, for his forthrightness and his interactions with me and the rest of the members of this committee. when senatoreid and i visited afghanistan in january, we saw a real signs of progress, including the afghan security forces increasingly taking the lead responsibility for protecting their country. good news stories about afghanistan and the afghan security forces don't seem to get the coverage of the u.s. media that is given to negative stories. for example, it was widely reported that only one of the 23 afghan brigades is rated by isaf is independent. on the other hand we heard from our commanders in afghanistan that 87% of operations in afghani
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